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June 30, 2012

National Occupy Gathering Begins in Philly

By Rob Kall

The first National Occupy Gathering has begun, in Philadelphia, at Liberty Park, next to the building that houses the Liberty Bell, across the street from Independence Hall. Representatives from 92 different occupy locales have committed to come meet and share strategies and resources over the course of five days.

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The first National Occupy Gathering has begun, in Philadelphia, at Liberty Park, next to the building that houses the Liberty Bell, across the street from Independence Hall. Representatives from 92 different occupy locales have committed to come meet and share strategies and resources over the course of five days. 

 


Veterans for Peace member and local organizer Bill Perry sets up 
Veterans boots and Gun display on Market street at foot of mall.


You can see independence Hall in the background. 


Already, the Philly and federal police were making things more difficult than necessary for the travelers. The area was cordoned off with barricades. No people were allowed within the barricades if they were carrying camping gear. 


This Occupier has a backback, so Park police won't let him in. 



Of course, with temperatures of 95 degrees, it's important to keep people hydrated. 
Occupy supply, sponsored in part by Firedoglake.com, is providing bulk water and free water bottles, but the police give a first warning that they can't be setting up there. 


giving out free water and water bottles. 

I don't know that I've ever seen so many different varieties of police at an action-- and this isn't even a protest-- local park police, USA Park Rangers, US Marshalls, Philly Police-- even someone wearing a Department of Justice cap. "So you're here to protect our free speech," I joke, as he makes excuses for the barricades. 





But things are progressing. Groups are meeting, sharing ideas, planting signs


Discussions, lectures



Posting signs. 


I'll be posting more as the gathering gathers steam. 

Remember the hashtag to follow on twitter is #NatGat













Submitters Bio:

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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Over 200 podcasts are archived for downloading here, or can be accessed from iTunes. Rob is also published regularly on the Huffingtonpost.com

Rob is, with Opednews.com the first media winner of the Pillar Award for supporting Whistleblowers and the first amendment.

To learn more about Rob and OpEdNews.com, check out A Voice For Truth - ROB KALL | OM Times Magazine and this article. For Rob's work in non-political realms mostly before 2000, see his C.V..  and here's an article on the Storycon Summit Meeting he founded and organized for eight years. Press coverage in the Wall Street Journal: Party's Left Pushes for a Seat at the Table

Here is a one hour radio interview where Rob was a guest- on Envision This, and here is the transcript. 


To watch Rob having a lively conversation with John Conyers, then Chair of the House Judiciary committee, click hereWatch Rob speaking on Bottom up economics at the Occupy G8 Economic Summit, here.


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